Sep 23, 2010 6:00pm EDT
of those races to watch in the battle for control of the senate. we begin in west virginia. where we see the candidates, democratic governor joe manchin hopes to retain the seat held by the late robert byrd for the last-ken century, going up against john raisey. the latest real clear politic average pollss that race close. popul popular governor. mountain state, 8.5%. that's below the national average. in 2008, as you can see, west virginia voted 43% for barack obama. 56% for john mccain. now, tonight, chief political correspondent carl cameron is up here in sistersville with a story about two candidates who have a similar theme. that's distain for many of the president's -- disdain for many of the president's policie policies. >> good luck. >> conservative businessman john raese is the g.o.p. best hope in decades to win a west virginia senate seat. >> when you look two years down the road we'll look like france in this country if we don't stop obama. >> raese knows president obama unpopularly and liberal agenda are his best weapon against popular democratic governor joe manchin. manchin
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of virginia is preparing its first execution of a female prisoner in almost 100 years. she has been sentenced to death for arranging the murder of her husband and his son in 2002. >> this is the 41-year-old grandmother who sent hit man to kill her husband and stepson said she could collect a quarter of a million dollars in insurance. now from a jail cell, hours before her execution, she has spoken by phone to a local reporter. >> i just want people to know you can be a good person and make the wrong choice. if i have to go on and be with jesus, i know that will be the best thing. >> her husband and his son were shot dead in their trailer in rural virginia. it was meant to look like a bungled robbery. she quickly confessed to police that she had left the door open for the killers, who she had met earlier in the supermarket. one of them became her lover as they hatched the murder plot. relatives of the victims have no doubt be punishment fits the crime. >> when you play god, you are taking it upon yourself to write your own future. you get what you deserve. >> but defense lawyers say it is mora
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in suburban virginia 30 miles from capitol hill with this year's policy prescriptions. minority leader john boehner and his top lieutenants spelled out their central point. >> government is out of control in washington, and we need to rein it in, and begin a new drive for a smaller, less costly and more accountable government in our nation's capital. these are the things that the american people are demanding, >> reporter: while the backdrop has changed, republicans hope their document, called "a pledge to america," will produce similar results to 1994. that year's plan helped the party gain 54 seats and take the house majority for the first time in 40 years. one of the main architects of the 2010 version is california's kevin mccarthy. he accused democrats of ignoring the country's wishes. >> from the billion dollar bailouts to the stimulus package that failed to stimulate, to the government takeover of health care, you cried stop. but the democratic majority in washington has refused to we are here to tell you today that we have been listening, and we've heard you. >> reporter: in respons
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to be executed in virginia is set to die tonight. the u.s. supreme court refused to block the death sentence for convicted murderer teresa lewis. >>> lawmakers on capitol hill today discuss a serious problem among student athletes. they're considering ways to prevent young athletes from suffering concussions while playing sports. >>> finally this half hour, "forbes" magazine just released its annual list of the 400 wealthiest people in america. bill gates topped the list with a net worth of $54 billion. >> the list also shows that the rich are in fact getting even richer. abc business news editor dan arnall looks at the trend. >> reporter: the faces are familiar. bill gates. warren buffett. these are america's wealthiest people. topping the famous forbes 400 list of the richest americans again this year. even with the slowly recovering economy, the amount of money it takes to be amongst the 400 has gone up. >> 2008, the cut-off was $1.3 billion. last year $950 million. this year up a bit to $1 billion. it's at least moving up. we'll take that. >> reporter: this year'